Frequently Asked Questions

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This is a veterinarian that has clinical experience in diagnosing and treating illnesses in the various exotic mammal species (hamsters, ferrets, rabbits, rats, mice, etc.) There are exotics exclusive practices, but that is the exception and not the norm. With that being said, some veterinarians that primarily see small animals (cats & dogs) also have a special interest in exotic mammals. Having access to a veterinarian with this expertise reduces the likelihood of getting no diagnosis, a misdiagnosis, or potentially harmful (and even fatal) medicine for your exotic mammal.

There is a path that a veterinarian can pursue to achieve certification as an Exotic Companion Mammal diplomate. The American Veterinary Medical Association granted it provisional recognition in 2008 and to date there are less than 50 ECM diplomates worldwide.

For a veterinarian's view on what makes a vet an "exotics" veterinarian, we recommend that you read this.

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  • Using the Vet Search function, enter your city and select a search radius. You can also search by veterinarian name, facility name, AEMV member veterinarians, and ABVP ECM diplomates.
  • Click the 'Search' button. All veterinarians matching your criteria will be displayed. Veterinarians are listed in order of proximity to the search epicenter which is designated by the purple map marker.
  • You can switch between the two result views by clicking map view Map View and table view Table View.
  • The map view will be updated to show each veterinarian in your search results. They are designated on the map with the blue map marker. You can quickly find a veterinarian on the map by clicking on their name in the map view text results.
  • For each veterinarian that is listed in your search results, you should be able to do the following:
    • You can view any information we have on file for the veterinarian by clicking View Vet Info
    • If vet comments are available, you can view them by clicking View Vet Comments
    • Submit a vet comment by clicking Submit Vet Comment
    • Submit a correction by clicking Submit Correction
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  • Did the veterinarian have any comments on our site? If so, make sure that you read them! The button to view comments (if any exist) looks like this View Vet Comments
  • See if you can find any independent reviews using your favorite search engine.
  • See if the veterinarian/facility has an acceptable record with the Better Business Bureau (USA and Canada only).
  • Call up the facility/practice and ask them some questions.
A.  When you are looking for a veterinarian to take care of your exotic mammal, it is very important that you ask the right questions. We really like the suggestions that are available here (questions for hamsters), here (questions for rabbits), and here (general vet questions).
A.  If you cannot find an exotic mammal veterinarian in your area, then you need to find a reputable small animal (cats & dogs) veterinarian that is willing to work with you. A good veterinarian is one that is willing to work with their client and patient using the tools that are available to them. One of these tools is the Veterinary Information Network, or VIN. Using VIN, your veterinarian will be able to solicit exotic mammal veterinarians worldwide for advice regarding your pet's condition and treatment options. Your veterinarian will be able to post photos, videos, and gain access to exotic animal formularies. Using VIN, your small animal veterinarian will be better equipped to help you and your pet.
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  • Using the Vet Search function, try to locate the veterinarian you are trying to comment on.
  • If you can find the veterinarian in the search results, you should see a button that allows you to submit a comment. It looks like this Submit Vet Comment
  • Click on the button, enter the information, and submit your comment!
  • If you cannot find the veterinarian, use the Submit A Vet function to submit a veterinarian and a comment at the same time.
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  • Using the Vet Search function, try to locate the veterinarian you are trying to submit a correction for.
  • If you can find the veterinarian in the search results, you should see a button that allows you to submit a correction. It looks like this Submit Correction
  • Click on the button, enter the information, and submit your correction!
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A.  Great question! We plan on supporting different languages in the near future. If you would like to help with English to "Your Language" translations, please contact us. Until then, you can try using Google Chrome's built in translation bar to translate the page for you.
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  • Spread the word! Use the social media buttons at the bottom and post a link to our site on your favorite exotic mammal forums.
  • Submit your favorite veterinarian.
  • Post a comment about your most recent veterinarian visit. Did your veterinarian perform a spay with smashing results? Let us know!
  • Report erroneous information.